How important are LORs at HYS?

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parlaypolly
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How important are LORs at HYS?

Postby parlaypolly » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:30 pm

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AntipodeanPhil
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Re: How important are LORs at HYS?

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:53 pm

For Yale: LORs are very important. The Dean claims they're the first thing she reads. See the following blog post:

http://blogs.law.yale.edu/blogs/admissi ... ation.aspx

For Harvard: not so important. Harvard relies more on numbers than the other two, although they do reject a few candidates with high numbers.

For Stanford: in between Y & H. Although, Stanford likes school-specific letters, and it's going to be hard to get decent school-specific letters without getting to know your professors.

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Re: How important are LORs at HYS?

Postby ahnhub » Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:57 pm

173+ is a very big assumption. The LSAT doesn't necessarily correlate that much to anything.

At H if your numbers hit a certain (very high) threshold--something like 173/74--3.9+ they're very likely to admit you, even with less than stellar LOR. Y and S are much more selective even if you have awesome numbers.

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Re: How important are LORs at HYS?

Postby parlaypolly » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:06 pm

Thanks guys, these responses are really helpful. Looks like I'll be trying to meet some Stanford peeps ;-)

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Re: How important are LORs at HYS?

Postby AntipodeanPhil » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:24 pm

parlaypolly wrote:Thanks guys, these responses are really helpful. Looks like I'll be trying to meet some Stanford peeps ;-)

You mean Harvard? Stanford cares about LORs more than Harvard.

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Re: How important are LORs at HYS?

Postby ahnhub » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:52 pm

Also, I think LOR and PS do become quite important at Harvard if your numbers are middling.




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